Audit Management Systems Integrated into Safety Management SystemsAviation safety audits are systematic examinations used to determine whether or not airline/airport business processes meet previously specified requirements, and are usually performed using question lists that are well-defined. Aviation safety audit results are valuated and documented in audit management databases. Audit management tools designed for the aviation industry help airlines and airports plan and process aviation safety audits, monitor corrective and preventive actions that were determined during aviation-related audits, and evaluate audit data according to different criteria.
Airline/Airport Auditing Software Must Be FlexibleAirline/airport auditmanagement solutions should remain very flexible and allow airlines and airports to perform any type of audit that regulators or clients may require. For example, client-related quality audits (system audits, process audits, product audits, supplier audits), environmental audits, security audits (airport security, aircraft security, ramp security), or aviation safety audits.
Audit management solutions for airlines and airports can be applied to meet needs of all relevant norms like ISO 9001 or ISO 14001. Quality audit management solutions easily allow the integration of different audits, for example, the IOSA audits or Air Charter Safety Foundation audits for Flight Operations and Maintenance Operations. Since audits for aviation service providers are usually performed outside the office and in the field, mobile options are essential in supporting effective audit processing. Collaboration between the auditor and the audited party is typically required when corrective or preventive actions are agreed on, and have to effectively monitored, documented and managed to completion. For more sophisticated audit management systems, audited parties may use Internet applications to record actions, corrective actions and to report their completion.
Web Based Audit Management SolutionsWeb-based audit management solutions often allow administrators to set up customized auditing questions, such as, "What flight operations standards are followed by your division?" Aviation related audits based on safety management regulations may be composed of multiple sections, with each section housing one or more questions. Questions may have different answer types, such as "True/False" or "Yes/No."
Administrators of these sophisticated auditing programs can customize auditing questions to suit corporate style and language; as well as adapting text for the sections and the questions.
Audit management solutions for aviation service providers must be suitable to process a wide variety of audit usages. Furthermore, audit management solutions must meet aviation service providers' requirements to unify different management systems into one integrated management system. This greatly reduces audit expenses. Web-based auditing solutions with a user-friendly interface ensures auditing functions of the audit management solution are accessible for authenticated users who have authorization, from any location, on the Web. Moreover, aviation service providers can have auditors directly attach documents and notes to auditing artifacts used in audit management.
With Web-based audit management solutions, information on audits is available for all users, thereby avoiding double work and leading to improvement of business processes. System integration of audit management solutions for aviation service providers with complex data environments provide access to a vast array of information from other areas in their aviation operations.
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About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. In 2007, NWDS developed SMS Pro™ a web based SMS application that supports an organization's overall SMS through safety reporting, safety documentation, safety risk management and safety assurance. SMS Pro™ is currently used by aviation organizations in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East to help manage their SMS programs. NWDS continues to support SMS Pro™ and add new functionality. NWDS offers custom contract programming services in the U.S. and Canada and is managed by Chris Howell, one of the founders. Their headquarters is in Anchorage, Alaska. For information on NWDS visit their website at and www.asms-pro.com to learn more about SMS Pro™.